DescriptionThis showing will include a presentation by Michael Berumen, Assistant Professor, Red Sea Research Centre. One of the highlights of WEP 2014 is the Film Festival, which is a whole KAUST community-orientated festival with the multi-award winning films being suitable for all ages. A privileged special feature is that a scientist, filmmaker or distinguished lecturer, will be introducing all the films, giving the audience a unique insight into the background and making of them. Desert Seas Never before has a film crew had such unrestricted access to the wonders of Saudi Arabia's seas. Desert Seas narrated by Sir David Attenborough tells the story of how the peninsula of Arabia transformed from an ocean millions of years ago to the desert it is today. The Gulf is now the world's hottest and saltiest open sea. The Red Sea, on the other hand, is a far older coral-fringed chasm formed as plate tectonics pulled Africa and Arabia apart; its reefs are prowled by huge moray eels and their shrimp entourages. Sir David Attenborough introduces us to the inhabitants of the hot, salty Gulf, where rocks turn into cuttlefish and green turtles graze on the sea grass. Meanwhile, in the Red Sea, predatory trevally fish cruise the hood and barracuda are hunting in packs.
Michael L. Berumen
Mike received a Zoology degree from the University of Arkansas in 2001. He then attended James Cook University in Australia to pursue graduate studies in coral reef ecology, specializing in life history and ecology of butterflyfishes. He was awarded the PhD in 2007. Mike accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he focused on larval connectivity in coral reef fishes. During his time in Woods Hole, Mike began working in the Red Sea in 2008 in partnership with a new university in Saudi Arabia - the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Mike joined KAUST in July 2009 as a founding faculty member in the Red Sea Research Center. Mike has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and 8 book chapters, and he has co-edited two books. His research focuses on advancing general understanding of Red Sea coral reefs and more broadly making contributions to movement ecology, which is a critical aspect of developing conservation plans in the marine environment. He is particularly interested in connectivity questions ranging from larval dispersal to large distance migrations of adult fishes.
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